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Thinfilm demos stand-alone smart sensor system

Posted: 18 Oct 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart sensor  printed electronics  organic electronics 

Thin Film Electronics has successfully demonstrated what it describes as its first fully functional, stand-alone Smart Sensor Label. The temperature-tracking label intended for monitoring of perishable goods shows a complete closed system built from printed and organic electronics.

According to the company, the Smart Label will help pharmaceutical companies keep temperature-sensitive products safe and effective, while preventing the unnecessary destruction of usable products. Retailers using temperature-monitoring labels during shipment of produce and other food products will have immediate insight with regards to both shelf life and food safety.

The system is the first demonstration of a stand-alone, integrated printed electronic system powered solely by batteries. In the system, organic logic detects that a critical temperature threshold has been exceeded and signals the display driver to turn on a segmented display. Prior important technical milestones include: low-voltage display driver based on complementary organic logic (June 2013), memory write based on detection of temperature thresholds (December 2012) and full addressing logic for multi-bit read-write of printed memory (October 2011).

Thinfilm plans to produce its first system products by end of 2014.

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